I am a recently married independent trainer and we are planning a child in the next year or two. Our concern is how I will continue to contribute to the household while unable to train for several months. And the second question is how I will manage childcare while training odd hours. I’m looking for actual experience and advice!
I went through it twice. Yes, there were nightmare days when I had to be up at 6 am after not sleeping at all…but…it works out
Figure out what hours you can tolerate and get on board with baby sitters, your spouse, friends etc right away.
Who knows maybe you’ll come up with a new business from all of this!
Thank you for the kind words, Joanne! Danielle, Stroller Strides has been an amazing way a lot of trainers have been able to stay in the industry while still being with their baby. It has been my career path for the last 10 years with my 3 girls! Please let me know if you have any questions or just want to talk on the phone about it.
Whatever you choose, motherhood is truly wonderful and I hope you find joy in every moment!
May I suggest that you consider Stroller Strides. I think that might be a viable option for you.
Although I do not have any experience teaching Stroller Strides, I am left with impressed with the success of its founder Lisa Druxman.
It appears that Stroller Strides might put you in a position to not only teach but take your child along with you.
I encourage you to click on the “Career Guide” link above and go the area where you can find reviews on certifications and trainings. Search for the Stroller Strides course and look at the reviews. They’ve received four wonderful reviews. Too, I was able to interact with, in this community, and speak directly with the National Director of Stroller Strides, Farel Hruska, at the IDEA World Convention. By the way she was WONDERFUL!
After chatting and meeting with Farel, learning of Lisa Druxman’s success, as well as looking at your profile and reading your aspirations, it appears that Stroller Strides might be a good fit for you.
I encourage you to reach out to them.
Wishing you the best.
P.S. I, too, have earned my graduate degree at CalU!
I do both, and how often I train is dependent on how often I want my daughter in childcare and how often family can step in and help us. I love the balance of staying home and working some. If the gym you train at has childcare, that is an option. With a young daughter, I have made the decision that now is the time to focus more on her and raising her, and later (ie: when she is in school), I can increase the number of hours I train.
There isn’t one set answer. You and your husband need to determine what is best for your family at the end of the day.